Editor's Message

The design of a home should personify the individuals that live there. But often, when enlisting the help of another to create a style-savvy residence, the owner's unique presence could get pushed aside. The following designers prove that re-fashioning a home does not mean having to sacrifice the owner's individuality, and that their collections just might be a platform from which the designer can begin.

Including the owners' existing antiques and objets d'art gathered worldwide, designers Bernard E. Desjardins and Miriam Cohen styled a 2,600-square-foot condominium in Bal Harbour, Fla. The owners' love of traveling and collecting shows through in the designers' overall scheme, where added period furnishings and custom-designed pieces reflect their prized treasures.

New York designer Eric Cohler fashioned a 3,300-square-foot winter retreat in Miami using the owners' passion for art as motivation for its design. Along with the help of builder Mark Mutchnik, Cohler constructed a museum-quality space that showcases an impressive contemporary collection. A neutral palette of sandy hues form a dramatic statement against the owners' colorful artwork.

Knowing his client for over 35 years proved well for designer L. Reese Cumming, who shaped a 5,000-square-foot penthouse in Bonita Springs, Fla., blending the owner's furnishings into a contemporary space mixed with an Art Deco flair. Creating a style that he terms, “Feminine Art Moderne/Deco,” Cumming properly reflects his client and friend's soft, polished style.

Whether modern or classic, bold or neutral, a home's design should always permeate with the owners' tastes and personalities, telling their story in its style.

Barbara Lichtenstein